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Zadorov Comfortable, Confident In Preseason Debut

The blueliner's impact was felt against the Minnesota Wild

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Nikita Zadorov made himself known in his first preseason game of the 2017-18 campaign.

Just three days after arriving in Denver and one practice later, the defenseman was in uniform for the Colorado Avalanche in its contest at the Minnesota Wild.

It was Zadorov's first game in seven months after last playing on Feb. 19 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He suffered a freak ankle injury the next day during practice when he got tangled up with a teammate and missed the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

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Agozzino Scores In Avalanche Preseason Loss To Wild

Colorado drops its third preseason game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche lost 2-1 to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the club's third preseason game of the year.

Andrew Agozzino scored Colorado's marker and goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves in his first action of the exhibition schedule.

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Pepsi Center Institutes New Bag Policy

There has been a change to the size bag fans can bring to Avalanche games

by Colorado Avalanche /

Pepsi Center has instituted a new bag policy for Colorado Avalanche games during the 2017-18 season.

Beginning in September, only soft-sided, personal-size bags and containers no bigger than 14" x 14" x 6" are allowed into Pepsi Center. All permitted bags are subject to search both upon entry and within the arena. 

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Colorado Begins 3-In-3 At Minnesota

Avalanche and Wild to meet in preseason play

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche begins three preseason games in three days on Saturday as it takes on the Minnesota Wild at 4 p.m. MT at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Altitude Sports Radio AM 950 will carry the live radio broadcast. The game won't be televised in Colorado, but Fox Sports North will broadcast the game in the Wild regional TV area.

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Jost, Wilson Among Avs Returning To Practice

Colorado prepares for three preseason games in three days

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It was a good news, bad news kind of day for the Colorado Avalanche.

The good news for the Avs on Friday was that several players that were dealing with minor injuries took part in a full practice and are expected to play in at least one of the team's next three preseason games. The bad news was that two of the club's young defensemen are now on the shelf. 

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Zadorov Ready To Get To Work

Colorado defenseman joins the club after signing a two-year contract

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Nikita Zadorov didn't want to play anywhere else this season other than with the Colorado Avalanche. So any reports this past summer about him returning to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League weren't true, according to the defenseman.

"I told [Avs general manager Joe Sakic] in July that I'm not planning on going to the KHL," Zadorov said. "It's not what I want. I want to play in the best league in the world."

Even the lure of playing for his home country in February's Winter Olympics couldn't sway him.

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Avalanche Reassigns Three Players

Colorado's preseason roster is now down to 45

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche hockey club announced Friday that the team has reassigned three players.

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Fast Start Leads Avalanche Past Stars

Colorado wins its first game of the preseason

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

DENVER--The Colorado Avalanche scored three times on its first three shots Thursday night and defeated the Dallas Stars 5-1 at Pepsi Center to win its first preseason game of the 2017-18 campaign.

David Warsofsky, Sven Andrighetto and Sergei Boikov registered markers in the first 5:09 of the game to give Colorado a 3-0 advantage after the first period. The Avalanche also received goals from Alexander Kerfoot on a power play at 2:47 of the second period and Matt Duchene at 5:56 of the third. 

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More Avs Vets To Dress Against Stars

Semyon Varlamov expected to get the start

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said the team will ice a more veteran lineup for Thursday's preseason outing against the Dallas Stars, and it looks as if he's following through.

The Avs will dress eight players that played regularly in the NHL last season and another 13 skaters who have played at least one game in the league. Among those that will play for Colorado are Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Compher, Sven Andrighetto and goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

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Avalanche Hosts Stars In Preseason Action

Colorado set to play its second of six preseason contests

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche continues its preseason on Thursday as the club hosts the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center for a 7 p.m. MT game.

This will be Colorado's second contest of the exhibition slate and the first of two against its Central-Division rivals. The Avs and Stars will meet on Sept. 25 in Dallas, the final of three games in three days for Colorado.

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